School board buys Paradise property

Rob Antle
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May be site of second new K-6

The Eastern School District has bought a nine-acre piece of land in Paradise for just under $1.1 million, according to documents filed at provincial registries.

The land may be the site of a second new kindergarten to Grade 6 school planned for the Paradise area.

The Eastern School District has bought a nine-acre piece of land in Paradise for just under $1.1 million, according to documents filed at provincial registries.

The land may be the site of a second new kindergarten to Grade 6 school planned for the Paradise area.

School board officials did not return calls seeking comment before deadline Tuesday.

According to the provincial registry of deeds, Eastern School District acquired the property -behind Brougham Drive, near Ellesmere Avenue and Durango Drive - earlier this month.

The purchase price was $1,084,800.

The school board bought the land from Paradise Properties Ltd.

Corporate registries list the directors of Paradise Properties Ltd. as local businessmen Ches Penney Sr. and Frank Ryan, and accountants Edward Murphy, Jerry White and Scott Milley.

In 2007, the Williams administration announced plans to build two new K-6 schools in Paradise.

Last fall, Eastern School District purchased an 8.3-acre property near the corner of Karwood Drive and Kenmount Road for more than $1.1 million.

Board officials confirmed at the time that property is the site of the first new school, which will replace Paradise Elementary. Paradise Elementary closed in 2006 due to mould and air-quality issues.

The first school is expected to open at the beginning of the 2010 school year, then-education minister Joan Burke said last month, when the province awarded the construction contract.

In March, Eastern School District board chairman Milton Peach indicated that land acquisition for the second K-6 school in Paradise was near completion.

rantle@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Paradise Properties, Grade 6 school

Geographic location: Paradise, Ellesmere Avenue, Kenmount Road

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  • Bob
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    I think you all have the mentality of K-6 students and belong in one of these schools!! Just read what you are writing about, a piece of land being bought!! From this, Danny is a useless premier, they paid too much, is it serviced, where are they going to go to school to after, wine, wine and more childish wine. Whats next?? You going to complain about what company they buy their door handles off?? GET A LIFE PEOPLE!!!!

  • Sean
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    I always heard a rumour that Mayor Ralph Wiseman was in pretty tight with the Penneys? If so, then this comes as no surprise whatsoever!!

    What's even funnier (in a sad way) is that a neighbour of mine just sold over 20 acres of prime land to a developer in exchange for the construction of a single new house. The land was iinitially listed for 249,000.

    I guess some people are born to fleece while others are born to be fleeced!!

  • DB
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Hey this is old news where have you been for the past 4-5 weeks obviously the paper didn't ask around the industry to find out were it was being built.Oh and by the way it is at the top of Elizabeth Park in Paradise and it is a serviced area.Well worth the money paid for it considering what a standard postage stamp building lot is going for these days.

  • TS
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Okay, so two k-6 elementry schools in Paradise, I wonder, What part of the Avalon will all these kids have to attend junior high and high school.......

  • Susan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    The accusations from some people are simply absurd. You must complain for the sake of complaining. It's pathetic to read actually and I am not a fan of either Williams or Wiseman. These things follow a process. The Dept. of Education chose the sites, not the mayor of Paradise. Would you expect the Dept. of Education to purchase land outside of Paradise for a Paradise school. There are only so many areas available in Paradise to construct such a large development. The Penney family owns, or has owned, several large parcels of land in the area that have been developed as residential properties (long before Wiseman was even mayor). The land is assessed at market value.

  • Darren
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Looks like you should start an ABR campaign - Anyone But Ralph.

    Could someone - anyone - please run for mayor?

  • Lester
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    JM your point is what exactly? We all have issues. You apparently have an issue with anyone who has an issue with what Danny Williams and his government is doing. So JM all I can say to you is you have issues. Deal with them.

  • Ches
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Ummmmm look at who actually sold this property. Couldnt possibly be a Williams connection to that groupe could it. Just curious. Prove me wrong. I have been wrong before. At least once. That was when I voted to help elect Danny Williams and his clones.

  • Graham
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    I wonder what one of Danny Williams friends owned this particular property? Was it ever tendered? Open and transparent thats our ever popular Danny Williams.

  • Joe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Sean from NL - There is no comparing. The new school site is logical given the area and the current and proposed feeder roads. It was a logical choice. Perhaps you would rather see it on the already congested Topsail Road? As for the 20 acre property, that's the going price for undeveloped land in the area? If you want to be suspect of Wiseman go into the public records, see what land of his was sold in the approved Octogon Pond development area of Paradise - which btw has over 2000+ homes and one entrance / exit - you guessed it, Topsail Road. Glad I reside in GFW.

  • AT
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    my, my that is a lot of money. is this serviced land? was an independent appraisal done? if not why not?

  • Jim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    1.1 million seems fair. Up the road at the Kelsey Drive business park, 1 acre lots are going for $350000 each.

    To buy a standard 50 x 100 lot, which is 1/8 of an acre, you are now paying $70000.

  • M
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    When did children graduate after grade 6 ?
    Paradise Elemntary has been closed for three years.
    The replacement school should already be open and it is not even started. At some point in the future there will be three K to 6 schools but our children will still have to go to other communities to attend junior high school.
    Paradise has three banks, four bars and two pool halls but no junior high or high schools.
    This doesn't add up.

  • JM
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Graham, you have issues.

  • JM
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Thank you Bob, you just said what I wanted to say. I think the likes of some people need to find something better to do to occupy their time instead of waiting for any news story to come up with even the slightest mention of something any government department does so they can dump their hatred towards Danny Williams in the comments section. Your complaining contributes absolutely nothing constructive.

  • Graham
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    JM your very observent. Yes I have many issues with the way Danny Williams is running our province. Apparently you dont. If you like being used and taken advantage of JM thats great and you have no issues. I on the other hand dont like it and yes my friend I HAVE ISSUES.

  • Elton
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    While it is good news that Paradise is getting a new Elementary School in the Elizabeth Park area, the Town remains one of the fastest growing in all of Atlantic Canada and is the ONLY town of it's size (approx. 12,000) in all of Canada WITHOUT it's own High School!!
    12 years ago, under Premier Tobin's watch, my daughter was a student at Paradise Elementary; a Provincial Referendum was held where the voters expressed favor for the demise of the old denominational school system AND the implementation of neighborhood schooling. In the time since, my daughter did her Grade-7 at Holy Family on St. Thomas' Line, Grades-8 & 9 at Mt. Pearl Itermediate and completed Grades 10 to 12 at Mt. Pearl Sr. High.
    Paradise students continue to be bussed to Mt. Pearl and CBS for their post-Elementary schooling and it is high time that the Town had it's own 7 to 12 High School!

  • Bob
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    I think you all have the mentality of K-6 students and belong in one of these schools!! Just read what you are writing about, a piece of land being bought!! From this, Danny is a useless premier, they paid too much, is it serviced, where are they going to go to school to after, wine, wine and more childish wine. Whats next?? You going to complain about what company they buy their door handles off?? GET A LIFE PEOPLE!!!!

  • Sean
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    I always heard a rumour that Mayor Ralph Wiseman was in pretty tight with the Penneys? If so, then this comes as no surprise whatsoever!!

    What's even funnier (in a sad way) is that a neighbour of mine just sold over 20 acres of prime land to a developer in exchange for the construction of a single new house. The land was iinitially listed for 249,000.

    I guess some people are born to fleece while others are born to be fleeced!!

  • DB
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Hey this is old news where have you been for the past 4-5 weeks obviously the paper didn't ask around the industry to find out were it was being built.Oh and by the way it is at the top of Elizabeth Park in Paradise and it is a serviced area.Well worth the money paid for it considering what a standard postage stamp building lot is going for these days.

  • TS
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Okay, so two k-6 elementry schools in Paradise, I wonder, What part of the Avalon will all these kids have to attend junior high and high school.......

  • Darren
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Looks like you should start an ABR campaign - Anyone But Ralph.

    Could someone - anyone - please run for mayor?

  • Susan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    The accusations from some people are simply absurd. You must complain for the sake of complaining. It's pathetic to read actually and I am not a fan of either Williams or Wiseman. These things follow a process. The Dept. of Education chose the sites, not the mayor of Paradise. Would you expect the Dept. of Education to purchase land outside of Paradise for a Paradise school. There are only so many areas available in Paradise to construct such a large development. The Penney family owns, or has owned, several large parcels of land in the area that have been developed as residential properties (long before Wiseman was even mayor). The land is assessed at market value.

  • Lester
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    JM your point is what exactly? We all have issues. You apparently have an issue with anyone who has an issue with what Danny Williams and his government is doing. So JM all I can say to you is you have issues. Deal with them.

  • Ches
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Ummmmm look at who actually sold this property. Couldnt possibly be a Williams connection to that groupe could it. Just curious. Prove me wrong. I have been wrong before. At least once. That was when I voted to help elect Danny Williams and his clones.

  • Graham
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    I wonder what one of Danny Williams friends owned this particular property? Was it ever tendered? Open and transparent thats our ever popular Danny Williams.

  • Joe
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Sean from NL - There is no comparing. The new school site is logical given the area and the current and proposed feeder roads. It was a logical choice. Perhaps you would rather see it on the already congested Topsail Road? As for the 20 acre property, that's the going price for undeveloped land in the area? If you want to be suspect of Wiseman go into the public records, see what land of his was sold in the approved Octogon Pond development area of Paradise - which btw has over 2000+ homes and one entrance / exit - you guessed it, Topsail Road. Glad I reside in GFW.

  • AT
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    my, my that is a lot of money. is this serviced land? was an independent appraisal done? if not why not?

  • Jim
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    1.1 million seems fair. Up the road at the Kelsey Drive business park, 1 acre lots are going for $350000 each.

    To buy a standard 50 x 100 lot, which is 1/8 of an acre, you are now paying $70000.

  • M
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    When did children graduate after grade 6 ?
    Paradise Elemntary has been closed for three years.
    The replacement school should already be open and it is not even started. At some point in the future there will be three K to 6 schools but our children will still have to go to other communities to attend junior high school.
    Paradise has three banks, four bars and two pool halls but no junior high or high schools.
    This doesn't add up.

  • JM
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Graham, you have issues.

  • JM
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Thank you Bob, you just said what I wanted to say. I think the likes of some people need to find something better to do to occupy their time instead of waiting for any news story to come up with even the slightest mention of something any government department does so they can dump their hatred towards Danny Williams in the comments section. Your complaining contributes absolutely nothing constructive.

  • Graham
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    JM your very observent. Yes I have many issues with the way Danny Williams is running our province. Apparently you dont. If you like being used and taken advantage of JM thats great and you have no issues. I on the other hand dont like it and yes my friend I HAVE ISSUES.

  • Elton
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    While it is good news that Paradise is getting a new Elementary School in the Elizabeth Park area, the Town remains one of the fastest growing in all of Atlantic Canada and is the ONLY town of it's size (approx. 12,000) in all of Canada WITHOUT it's own High School!!
    12 years ago, under Premier Tobin's watch, my daughter was a student at Paradise Elementary; a Provincial Referendum was held where the voters expressed favor for the demise of the old denominational school system AND the implementation of neighborhood schooling. In the time since, my daughter did her Grade-7 at Holy Family on St. Thomas' Line, Grades-8 & 9 at Mt. Pearl Itermediate and completed Grades 10 to 12 at Mt. Pearl Sr. High.
    Paradise students continue to be bussed to Mt. Pearl and CBS for their post-Elementary schooling and it is high time that the Town had it's own 7 to 12 High School!